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On ecotones as foci of ant species richness in a forest nature reserve (case study of the Voronezh Biosphere Reserve)
- Emets, V. M.
- Russian journal of ecology 2016 v.47 no.4 pp. 371-375
- Formicidae, case studies, conservation areas, ecotones, forests, meadows, rights of way, species diversity
- The role of ecotones with different (sharp or smooth) spatial boundaries between forest and meadow in ant biodiversity preservation was studied at the right-of-way of a power line in the Voronezh Reserve. The ecotone with a sharp boundary between forest and meadow (transitional zone 2 m wide) had higher species richness of ants compared to the ecotones (also 2 m wide) with smooth boundary between forest and meadow.